Traditional Fourth of July celebrations have been planned by local groups, including fireworks at Santa Monica College, a parade in Westchester and a Los Angeles County-sponsored waterside fireworks display in Marina del Rey.
MARINA FIREWORKS — A traditional fireworks display will be launched from Marina del Rey’s main channel starting at 9 p.m. Independence Day, Monday, July 4th. The fireworks show will last about 20 minutes.
The show is presented by the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors, and the fireworks will be launched by Zambelli Pyrotechnics, a company that originated about 100 years ago in Italy.
County officials recommend viewing the fireworks from Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Admission is free, but parking in county lots ranges from $5 to $8.
The fireworks are choreographed to “patriotic music,” which will be broadcast in sync with the display on the Loyola Marymount University radio station KXLU 88.9 FM.
In addition, the Marina CoastLink Water Shuttle Service will operate from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Monday, July 4th, offering an alternative way to travel around the Marina, as a number of streets in the Marina will be closed temporarily throughout the day.
Information on the fireworks display and street closures, (310) 305-9545.
WESTCHESTER PARADE — Groups and individuals marching in the annual Fourth of July Westchester Parade plan to assemble at 11 a.m. at Loyola Boulevard and Manchester Avenue. Marchers will proceed down Loyola Boulevard and end at Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, Westchester. Spectators can line Loyola Boulevard to watch the parade, which will include floats, marching bands and displays by community service groups.
Mainstay participants in the parade include the local PT Cruiser Club, the Rotary Club of Westchester, community theater group the Kentwood Players, the Westchester High School Marching Band and a group that displays Great Pyrenees dogs.
The event is organized by the Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce.
At Argonaut press time, the Chamber had not yet confirmed this year’s grand marshal, according to Christina Davis, a Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman.
Information, (310) 645-5151.
SMC FIREWORKS JULY 2ND — Santa Monica College hosts “Celebrate America,” an early Independence Day festival each year with a fireworks show and live entertainment.
This year’s festivities will be held at Santa Monica College’s Corsair Field, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Gates open at 5 p.m. and entertainment begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 2nd. The event is free, but parking is $5 and donations are requested.
In addition to the fireworks, this year’s entertainment includes a Dixieland band called Main Street and rhythm-and-blues by JD Hall and the JD Hall Band.
Festival-goers are invited to bring picnic dinners, and food will be sold by vendors at the event, but alcohol, glass containers, barbecues and personal fireworks are prohibited, according to Santa Monica College.
Information, (310) 434-3000.